Post # 1
The question is whether or not you support US military intervention in Syria. Also please explain why or why not?
I have greatly enjoyed reading and participating in political discussions in the past on the Bee and wanted to open this thread up for everyone to discuss their opinions regarding US military intervention in Syria. I would love for this to be an intelligent, thoughtful discussion without personal attacks or snarkiness that would make the mods close this thread. There are so many intelligent ladies on here from many different parts of the world and I really believe we can learn a lot from each other if we keep it respectful.
Post # 3
What I don’t love is how the conflict in Syria has been ongoing for so long, but once US citizens start to get upset about being spied on, THAT’S when the focus is suddenly redirected to international intervention.
I dislike I personally see as intervention with another nation simply to distract its own population from its frustrations and protests.
But I totally understand there are a million viewpoints other than mine, all equally vehement 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Nope. So long as the civil war continues within the country itself, I don’t believe we should intervene. Cultural revolutions have to play themselves out and neither side wants our involvement from what I can tell. The chemical warfare is unfortunate and horrible but I still don’t think it supports our intervention into an internal civil war.
Post # 5
I am genuinely unsure. On one hand, I believe the US should stay out of other countries’ civil wars, but on the other hand, there needs to be some penalty for the use of chemical weapons; otherwise the Geneva Convention becomes meaningless. It doesn’t matter so much if Syria itself is punished for that— they’ve already done it— but as a message to other leaders considering the same action, they have to know that if they do use chemical weapons or violate other international treaties, there will be some kind of penalty.
The big problem with the whole topic is that very few people actually read past the headlines and know enough to form a truly informed opinion. Everyone gets very passionate about a few hot-button talking points and it quickly becomes a very divisive topic. This is largely the fault of the US media, who tends to report what brings in the viewers and helps them sell ad space, which unfortunately for us in the US is not usually the full meat of a story. To fully understand the situation would take days or even weeks of nonstop research and reading, but we like to make our opinions on a 30-second news clip (which may be heavily slanted depending on the news channel you watch or the website you read).
Post # 6
No. Worry about your own backyard first. That is all I can say while still staying polite.
Post # 7
It gives me anxiety. Everyone hates us already (or, at the very least, has a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” attitude), and this isnt going to help. Not that politics are akin to a beauty contest, but can we just try for *once* to make a popular choice and butt out?
Post # 8
I absolutely do not agree with US intervention. I think the US needs to stop policing other countries.
ETA: I think a poll might be interesting as well.
Post # 9
@badabing88: We do hate you! Canadians are so nice and you guys are terrible awful bullies who only care about your own self interests. Well, your government anyway 😛
Seriously though, if people doesn’t follow the same moral standards and values as you do, then why would bombing the shit out of them change that?
Also, I’d rather not have another world war and die mmmk? Did anyone think of that?! Okay, I have to stop now.
Post # 11
I don’t know about the US. However, I can say that, if the UK wants to create a precedent whereby they use military intervention in order to remove oppressive world regimes, then I’m OK with that.
Let’s start in Zimbabwe. The people there are crying out for regime change. We’d be welcomed with open arms. The African Union has had enough time to sort it out, and they do sweet FA. The only reason we won’t go is because we’re worried about being accused of colonialism, as far as I can see. My attitude? **** that ****. Colonialism is just a word. Being raped and killed for opposing Mugabe hurts more.
… and now, no doubt, the flaming will begin…
Post # 12
@fishbone: This. I can see both sides.
Post # 13
@beachbride1216: Agreed. Revolutions are important for political and social progress, and history holds many examples of this. The US showing up unwanted and throwing money and power at the situation doesn’t hold any promise of future stability or progress.
Post # 14
@MrsPanda99: I’ve always loved Canada. I’d probably obtain citizenship if it weren’t so difficult.
Post # 15
@fishbone: I’m with you.
I don’t think we need to get heavily involved in Syria. But something should be done about the chemical weapons being used. Perhaps a quick, one-time strike just to say “Hey, we know what you’re doing. That is not okay.”